The Premier League form table tells its own story for both Newcastle United and Brighton.
The full Premier League table sees Brighton in 13th with eight points, whilst Newcastle are 19th with only two.
Both clubs have had difficult sets of opening fixtures, with Newcastle facing five of last season’s top six and Brighton having played four of them.
When it comes to the recent Premier League form table covering the last half dozen games though, Newcastle are rock bottom with Cardiff, only a single point for each.
Huddersfield with three draws in the last six matches look almost respectable in comparison.
As for Brighton, they have a win, two draws and three defeats, although the three losses have come against Spurs, Liverpool and Man City.
Newcastle’s form is a worry, particularly when you extend it to cover the end of last season – the last 14 matches (all competitions) have seen Newcastle win one, draw two and lose 11, savage stats.
The big positive has to be how terrible Brighton have been on the road, throughout 2018 they have won no PL away games and have picked up only four points on their travels this calendar year. Three draws in the second half of last season away from the Amex, with only a single point this season from four away games.
Neither club appear to have a lot of goals in them and indeed, if you leave out the relegated clubs, only Huddersfield scored less than Brighton’s 34 goals last season, of those the Seagulls only scored 10 in 19 away games.
The opening goal is key to many/most(?) matches but on Saturday it looks particularly crucial, considering how few goals the two teams appear to have in them. Newcastle need to get that first goal, or else you would have to fear the worst.
Interesting to see as well that Arsenal have a perfect six wins in this recent form table. They are punishing weaker teams week after week and interesting to see if they can keep that up AND improve their results against those at the top (they lost to Man City and Chelsea in the opening two games of the season).
Here is the Premier League form table which covers the past six matches for all teams:
Brighton’s last six results with latest one listed first;
Brighton 1 West Ham 0
Man City 2 Brighton 0
Brighton 1 Tottenham 2
Southampton 2 Brighton 2
Brighton 2 Fulham 2
Liverpool 1 Brighton 0
Newcastle’s last six results also listed with the latest result first;
Newcastle 0 Leicester 2
Palace 0 Newcastle 0
Newcastle 1 Arsenal 2
Man City 2 Newcastle 1
Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2